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The Black Count Glory Revolution Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo PDF

The Black Count Glory Revolution Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo PDF

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SLAVE. SOLDIER. LIBERATOR. HERO. General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar feats as inspiration for such classics as Musketeers But, hidden behind General Dumas's swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave white world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution implacable enemy he could not defeat. stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made it possible." It is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son. Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: enthralled by Alexandre Dumas' characters, especially the wronged hero in Count of Monte Cristo realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas' father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a SLAVE. SOLDIER. LIBERATOR. HERO. General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar feats as inspiration for such classics as Musketeers But, hidden behind General Dumas's swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave white world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution implacable enemy he could not defeat. stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made it possible." It is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son. Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: enthralled by Alexandre Dumas' characters, especially the wronged hero in Count of Monte Cristo realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas' father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a
SLAVE. SOLDIER. LIBERATOR. HERO. General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar feats as inspiration for such classics as Musketeers But, hidden behind General Dumas's swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave white world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution implacable enemy he could not defeat. stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made it possible." It is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son. Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: enthralled by Alexandre Dumas' characters, especially the wronged hero in Count of Monte Cristo realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas' father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a SLAVE. SOLDIER. LIBERATOR. HERO. General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar feats as inspiration for such classics as Musketeers But, hidden behind General Dumas's swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave white world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution implacable enemy he could not defeat. stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made it possible." It is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son. Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012: enthralled by Alexandre Dumas' characters, especially the wronged hero in Count of Monte Cristo realize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas' father, General Alex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss brings the elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulous research, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a

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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and theReal Count of Monte Cristo PDF
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo |Tom Reiss-------------------------------------Click here to Read the Book (full text) :The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo |Tom Reiss-----------------------------------:.:
SLAVE. SOLDIER. LIBERATOR. HERO.
General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikinglyfamiliar
because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-lifefeats as inspiration for such classics as
The Count of Monte Cristo
and
The Three Musketeers
.But, hidden behind General Dumas's swashbuckling adventures was an evenmore incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave
who rose higher in thewhite world than any man of his race would before our own time.Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, wherehe rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution
until he met animplacable enemy he could not defeat. 
TIME 
magazine called
The Black Count 
"one of those quintessentially humanstories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that madeit possible." It is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between afather and son.
Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2012:
Generations have beenenthralled by Alexandre Dumas' characters, especially the wronged hero in
TheCount of Monte Cristo
and the daring swordsmen in
The Three Musketeers
. Yet fewrealize that these memorable characters were inspired by Dumas' father, GeneralAlex Dumas, the son of a French count and a black Haitian slave. Tom Reiss bringsthe elder Dumas alive with previously unpublished correspondence and meticulousresearch, providing the context necessary to understand how exceptional his life as a
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mulatto general in a slave-owning empire truly was. From single-handedly holding abridge in the Alps against 20 enemies to spending years held captive in a fortress,Alex Dumas is a fascinating character that not even his son's vivid imaginationcould have dreamed up. --
 Malissa Kent 
 
An Essay by Author Tom Reiss
I've always loved exploring history. It's like an uncharted hemisphere, and when youlook at it closely, it has a tendency to change everything about your own time. I'malso drawn to outsiders, people who have swum against the tide. I often feel like akind of detective hired to go find people who have been lost to history, and discoverwhy they were lost. Whodunnit?In this case, I found solid evidence that, of all people, Napoleon did it: he buried thememory of this great man – Gen. Alexandre Dumas, the son of a black slave wholed more than 50,000 men at the height of the French Revolution and then stood upto the megalomaniacal Corsican in the deserts of Egypt. (The "famous" AlexandreDumas is the general's son – the author of 
The Three Musketeers
.) Letters andeyewitness accounts show that Napoleon came to hate Dumas not only for hisstubborn defense of principle but for his swagger and stature – over six feet tall and
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handsome as a matinee idol – and for the fact that he was a black man idolized bythe white French army. (I found that Napoleon's destruction of Dumas coincidedwith his destruction of one of the greatest accomplishments of the FrenchRevolution – racial equality – a legacy he also did his best to bury.)I first came across Gen. Dumas's life in the memoir of his son Alexandre, thenovelist. And what a life! Alex Dumas, as he preferred to be known, was born inSaint Domingue, later Haiti, the son of a black slave and a good-for-nothing Frencharistocrat who came to the islands to make a quick killing and instead barelysurvived. In fact, to get back to France in order to claim an inheritance, he actually"pawned" his black son into slavery, but then he bought him out, brought him toParis, and enrolled him in the royal fencing academy, and then the story begins toget interesting.What really stuck with me from reading the memoir was the love that shows throughfrom the son, the writer, for his father, the soldier. I could never forget the novelistdescribing the day his father died. His mother met him on the stairs in their house,lugging his father's gun over his shoulders, and asked him what he was doing. LittleAlexandre replied: "I'm going to heaven to kill God – for killing daddy." When hegrew up, he took a greater sort of revenge, infusing his father's life and spirit intofictional characters like Edmond Dantes and D'Artagnan, with shades of Porthos,too. But the image of the angry child stuck with me and drove me onward todiscover every scrap of evidence I could about his forgotten father.And recovering the life of the real man behind these stories was the ultimatehistorical prospecting journey for me: I learned about Maltese knights andMameluke warriors, the tricks of 18th-century spycraft and glacier warfare,torchlight duels in the trenches and portable guillotines on the front; I got to knowabout how Commedia del Arte influenced Voodoo and how a Jacobin sultaninfluenced the Star-Spangled Banner, about chocolate cures for poisoning and thestill brisk trade in Napoleonic hair clippings. I discovered the amazing forgottencivil rights movement of the 18th century – and its unraveling – though the mostamazing thing about this story of a black man in a white world was how little racestood in his way: how Alex Dumas's future father-in-law never once questioned hisdaughter marrying a man of color but only asked that he get promoted to sergeantfirst (later he lovingly referred to his son-in-law simply as "the General").
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